Benvolio Mask Essay
For my Benvolio mask, I chose the color blue for loyalty, the dove’s wing for being a peacemaker, and the monocle to represent wisdom. In public, when Benvolio enters the scene, he sees men with raised swords so he told them to “put up your swords” (1,1,76). Tybalt then enters and tells Benvolio to draw his sword but Benvolio tells Tybalt that he should “part these men with me” (1,1,82). This shows that Benvolio wants no violence but rather peace.
Since a dove’s wing means peacefulness, honesty, and faith, I chose the dove’s wing because Benvolio has all these traits. After the fight, Romeo is seen grieving about his purged heart and tells Benvolio goodbye, but Benvolio tells Romeo that he will “go along”(1,1,196) and if Romeo leaves him, then he will “do [him] wrong”(1,1,197). True friendship and loyalty was exhibited in this scene which is represented by the color blue on the mask.
I put blue as the background of the mask because it’s meaning is loyalty and Benvolio shows this by tagging along with his friends and trying to soothe them and communicate with them. When the Capulets arrive into the public place, Mercutio calls Tybalt out to fight him , but when Benvolio sees the danger point, he tells the men to “withdraw unto some private place, and reason coldly of your grievances, or else depart. ” (3,1,50).
When no men heed Benvoilio’s warning, Mercutio is killed and Romeo looks for revenge and he achieves it with a fallen pale Tybalt. Benvolio tells Romeo to “be gone”(3,1,134), and to “stand not amazed” (3,1,134) since the “prince will doom thee death”(3,1,136) and “if thou art taken: hence, be gone, away! ”(3,1,137). This shows how wise and aware Benvolio is. A monocle represents this because when one wears a monocle they have the urge to think deeper.
Subject: Romeo and Juliet,
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 5 January 2017
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